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Service Description: This service displays vector and raster data for a subset of lands comprising the University of Kansas Field Station (KUFS) known as the Anderson County Prairie Preserve. The Anderson County Prairie Preserve is owned by The Nature Conservancy and operated by the Kansas Biological Survey. Vector data being displayed: preserve tract, preserve management units, historic pastures, patch burn graze (PBG), forage, soils, land types boundaries. Raster data being displayed: 2008 NAIP (Natural Color and Color Infra Red) and the Topographic Map of Anderson County, Kansas.This service is a dynamic map service in UTM, Zone 15 N projection, and NAD83 datum (26915). This project describes Patch-Burn Grazing (PBG), a relatively “new” method of coupling fire and grazing in working landscapes to promote native biodiversity. PBG management is being introduced at the Anderson County Prairie Preserve. The Preserve, sometimes called Welda Prairie, is owned by The Nature Conservancy and operated and administered by the Kansas Biological Survey at the University of Kansas. The goals at the Preserve are to enhance native biodiversity, and to provide a platform for teaching and research. The aim of PBG is to create habitat heterogeneity and thereby increase biodiversity within native grasslands. It is well-known that both bison (a native grazer) and cattle (introduced by ranchers) are attracted to recently-burned areas. By using this preference, burns can be used within a single grazing unit to dictate where cattle will concentrate. By rotating the burning across a single pasture over years, differences in habitat structure and grazing pressure are created within a single unit; this promotes overall biological diversity. PBG management is being implemented on a 750-site at the Preserve. To ready the site for PBG management, internal fences separating four historic pastures (ranging in size from 150-270 acres each) are removed to create one large grazing unit of about 750 acres. Beginning in the spring of 2010, roughly one-third (250 acres) of the pasture will be burned, and a different one-third will be burned each of the next two years. Beginning in 2013, the area first burned in 2010 will be burned again.

Map Name: Anderson County Prairie Preserve

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Layers: Description: This project describes Patch-Burn Grazing (PBG), a relatively “new” method of coupling fire and grazing in working landscapes to promote native biodiversity. PBG management is being introduced at the Anderson County Prairie Preserve. The Preserve, sometimes called Welda Prairie, is owned by The Nature Conservancy and operated and administered by the Kansas Biological Survey at the University of Kansas. The goals at the Preserve are to enhance native biodiversity, and to provide a platform for teaching and research. The aim of PBG is to create habitat heterogeneity and thereby increase biodiversity within native grasslands. It is well-known that both bison (a native grazer) and cattle (introduced by ranchers) are attracted to recently-burned areas. By using this preference, burns can be used within a single grazing unit to dictate where cattle will concentrate. By rotating the burning across a single pasture over years, differences in habitat structure and grazing pressure are created within a single unit; this promotes overall biological diversity. PBG management is being implemented on a 750-site at the Preserve. To ready the site for PBG management, internal fences separating four historic pastures (ranging in size from 150-270 acres each) are removed to create one large grazing unit of about 750 acres. Beginning in the spring of 2010, roughly one-third (250 acres) of the pasture will be burned, and a different one-third will be burned each of the next two years. Beginning in 2013, the area first burned in 2010 will be burned again.

Copyright Text: Kansas Biological Survey/ Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program

Spatial Reference: 102100  (3857)


Single Fused Map Cache: false

Initial Extent: Full Extent: Units: esriMeters

Supported Image Format Types: PNG32,PNG24,PNG,JPG,DIB,TIFF,EMF,PS,PDF,GIF,SVG,SVGZ,BMP

Document Info: Supports Dynamic Layers: false

MaxRecordCount: 1000

MaxImageHeight: 2048

MaxImageWidth: 2048

Supported Query Formats: JSON, AMF, geoJSON

Min Scale: 0

Max Scale: 0



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